Areas of Expertise
- Program Development & Design
- Performance Evaluation & Reporting
- Project and Program-level Performance Contracting
- Conservation & Stewardship Finance
Education & Certificates
- MESM, Bren School of Environment Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara
- B.A., Environmental Analysis, Pomona College
Kristen brings her expertise in working lands conservation and stakeholder engagement to Environmental Incentives Wildlife & Land Practice Area. As an Associate Kristen focuses on creating Habitat Exchanges to promote habitat for multiple species.
Previously, Kristen worked for a regional land trust to create effective open space conservation and restoration in the rangelands of Central California, balancing the needs of endangered species, ecosystem health, and productive working lands. She managed mitigation and grant-funded easement and fee-title acquisition projects, and gained valuable experience working with governmental, non-profit, and private stakeholder groups. She hopes to continue to work with diverse groups to champion conservation and sustainable land uses across the West.
Kristen holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara, where she dual-specialized in Conservation Planning and Climate & Energy. As part of her master’s thesis, she studied the spatial and sociological aspects of human-carnivore coexistence and created recommendations to reduce conflicts between California livestock producers and wolves. She has extensive biological field and technical experience, and knowledge of climate impacts, ecosystem services, and California flora and fauna.